On this Monday evening, I began thinking about the books we write or the movies we watch from the concept of the "Stage Fright" angle. Wikipedia calls Stage fright or performance anxiety "the anxiety, fear, or persistent phobia which may be aroused in an individual by the requirement to perform in front of an audience, whether actually or potentially (for example, when performing before a camera)."and goes on to state..."It has numerous manifestations: fluttering or pounding heart, tremor in the hands and legs, sweaty hands, diarrhea, facial nerve tics, dry mouth, erectile dysfunction. Stage fright is most commonly seen in school situations, like stand up projects and class speeches."
I don't know about you, but erectile dysfunction while attempting to perform in public is probably not such a negative. I mean, if a guy has a big biology project presentation, I'm fairly certain he does not want an unexpected visitor to join the party, you know? On the other hand, porn stars and adult material models, would most certainly hold a different opinion.
I've never seen any of this man's movies by the way. Am I missing much?
Some people live unnecessarily with stage fright in their average, everyday lives. Like a turtle, they retreat into a safe shell, waiting for complete quiet and anonymity before they peek back out. Even in the most quiet neighborhoods, human turtles would need to retreat 90% of the time and miss everything if that is the case.
What causes you stage fright? Fear of getting hurt, being laughed at, disregarded, shunned? Yes, these are tough cases of rejection, but, the reality of life is, most of the time, you will be respected for at least putting your head out there. So what if you don't win the big race against the hare....Oh, wait a minute, the turtle did win...
Score One Big One For the Turtle
Find a reason to extend yourself and you might just find yourself chipping away at that stage fright until very little of it remains.
Food for thought on this Monday evening. Find someone to hug and share some love. Until next time...